Commercial - Vehicle Maintenance Building and Offices
Location: Eye - Suffolk
Date: September 2016
Durrants secured planning permission and project managed the construction phase of a vehicle maintenance building for a Suffolk based entertainment haulage company at a former World War II airfield site in Eye. The building is primarily a steel portal frame structure with 500m2 of workshop space equipped with three 20 metre long service pits and a mezzanine for storage. The roof features 98 solar panels with electricity generated to be used by the haulage company once construction is complete. The building also provides much needed administration and welfare space for company staff. Externally the site provides parking for over 40 haulage trailers and a wash down facility. The building will be the main headquarters for the company for many years to come.
Commercial / Sustainability
Location: Beccles - Suffolk
Date: March 2016
Durrants gained planning permission and subsequently project managed the construction phase of a biomass boiler system at a large country estate in Suffolk. The boiler system serves the whole of the 18th century estate which includes a Grade II listed hall and holiday accommodation lodges. The heating system comprises a 195Kw biomass boiler, woodchip store with feeding auger and a freestanding twin wall insulated flue, projecting 11 metres above ground level. Set within a highly sensitive curtilage of a grand listed hall, the system is housed in a purpose-built outbuilding of domestic scale and design. Planning approval was secured following collaborative working with the local authority's Conservation Officer prior to application lodgement.
Commercial - Business Park
Location: Business Park
In 2015 Durrants successfully negotiated multiple planning approvals from the Broads Authority to facilitate the expansion of an existing business park. The development involved a complex mix of planning requirements, including permitted development rights for changes of use, demolition, extensions to commercial buildings and retrospective works. Additionally, there were a number of planning challenges to be addressed, including flooding (proximity to the River Waveney), Conservation Area impacts, access and native planting issues.